Photo Illustration of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 & Planet Jupiter

Stsci_2009-18m_1024

stsci_2009-18m April 21st, 2009

Credit: NASA, ESA, H. Weaver and E. Smith (STScI) and J. Trauger and R. Evans (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

This is a composite photo, assembled from separate images of Jupiter and Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9, as imaged by the Wide Field & Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), aboard. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Jupiter was imaged on May 18, 1 994, when the giant planet was at a distance of 420 million miles (670 million km) from Earth. This "true-color" picture was assembled from separate HST exposures in red, blue, and green light. Jupiter's rotation between exposures creates the blue and red fringe on either side of the disk. HST can resolve details in Jupiter's magnificent cloud belts and zones as small as 200 miles (320 km) across (wide field mode). This detailed view is only surpassed by images from spacecraft that have traveled to Jupiter. The dark spot on the disk of Jupiter is the shadow of the inner moon lo. This volcanic moon appears as an orange and yellow disk just to the upper right of the shadow. Though lo is approximately the size of Earth's Moon (but 2,000 times farther away), HST can resolve surface details. When the comet was observed on May 17, its train of 21 icy fragments stretched across 710 thousand miles (1.1 million km) of space, or 3 times the distance between Earth and the Moon This required six WFPC exposures along the comet train to include all the nuclei. The image was taken in red light. The apparent angular size of Jupiter relative to the comet, and its angular separation from the comet when the images were taken, have been modified for illustration purposes.

Provider: Space Telescope Science Institute

Image Source: https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2009/news-2009-18

Curator: STScI, Baltimore, MD, USA

Image Use Policy: http://hubblesite.org/copyright/

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Image Details

Image Type
Planetary
Object Name
Jupiter Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9
Subject - Solar System
Planet > Type > Gas Giant
Interplanetary Body > Comet

Distance

Universescale1
0 ly

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 14h 22m 52.0s
DEC = -12° 45’ 54.3”
Constellation
Libra

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (B) -
Green Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (V) -
Red Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (R) -
Grayscale Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (R) -
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ID
2009-18m
Subject Category
A.1.1.2   A.2.2  
Subject Name
Jupiter, Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9
Credits
NASA, ESA, H. Weaver and E. Smith (STScI) and J. Trauger and R. Evans (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Release Date
2009-04-21T00:00:00
Lightyears
7.14e-5
Redshift
7.14e-5
Reference Url
https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2009/news-2009-18
Type
Planetary
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Distance from Earth in miles: 420000000
Facility
Hubble, Hubble, Hubble, Hubble
Instrument
WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red, Grayscale
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
B, V, R, R
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
Reference Value
215.71669167, -12.76509722
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
STScI
URL
http://hubblesite.org
Name
Space Telescope Science Institute Office of Public Outreach
Email
outreach@stsci.edu
Telephone
410-338-4444
Address
3700 San Martin Drive
City
Baltimore
State/Province
MD
Postal Code
21218
Country
USA
Rights
http://hubblesite.org/copyright/
Publisher
STScI
Publisher ID
stsci
Resource ID
STSCI-H-p0918m-f-1536x2048.tif
Resource URL
https://mast.stsci.edu/api/latest/Download/file?uri=mast:OPO/product/STSCI-H-p0918m-f-1536x2048.tif
Related Resources
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2009/18, http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2007/16
Metadata Date
2022-07-06T00:00:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
0